What is in the Internet Archive Bookmobile?
- Hardware on the Internet Bookmobile
- What would it cost me to set up printing public domain books?
- Wow much does each book cost?
- How long does it take to print a book?
|retail||cost (after discount)||comment|
|painting the car||$1000||$1000||volunteers did the design|
bookmaking: (costs $1 to make a public domain book)
|printer: HP4600dn color laser |
|$2500||$0||thank you HP!|
|hp deskjet 3420||$80||$80||for covers|
|binder: fastback model 8||$1200||$1200||for one-at-a-time paperback binding (perfect binding) fastback.com|
|cutter: Triumph 3905||$1000||$1000||manual cutter|
|laptops (4) of HP onmibook 510||$2500 each||$0||thank you HP!
1 as server, 3 for kids
(could have been lower end)
scanner for uploading contributed books:
|hp scanjet 4470cxi ( C9883A )||$150||$0|
|satellite IP connection hardware:||$7000||$6000||motosat.com
Basic subscription fees start at $99.99 a month.
|linksys wireless router||$125||$125||linksys.com|
|generator: Honda EU2000i||$860||$860||2000 watts seems like plenty hondapowerequipment.com|
Therefore it cost us about $14,000 and one month to build the bookmobile. Thank you to HP for donating the computer equipment.
Printing public domain booksThe one-time costs are here (without mobility):
We believe you can set this up in an existing library or school for about $3k:
- B/W duplex laser $700 retail
- binder: $1200 retail
- cutter: $800 retail
The color laser is $2500, nice but non-essential. Duplexing is almost essential, most people probably don't have this on hand. The computer is just a normal pc, so we assume people have this. It takes an inkjet to print the covers. We got a cheapo inkjet and suffered: we would get a $150-200 one next time, but again, we assume people have these.
The book costs
We say it is a "Buck a Book" or $1US per book as spelled out below. This means a library can give out books. The regular library circulation admin costs are higher than that to get a book back from borrowers and get it back on a shelf. People *loved* making and then getting a book.
The book is a letter sized sheet or a legal sized sheet cut in half. This is a good paper back book size. Therefore each sheet of letter paper has 2 pages on each side, or 4 book pages per sheet. A 240 page book, then would take 60 sheets of paper. The 240 page book would take 2 impressions with the laser printer (one for each side)
- Paper: about $0.005 to $0.01/sheet (for really nice paper)
$0.30 to $0.60 for paper for 240 page book
- Toner: about $0.005 per impression
$0.60 for toner for 240 page book
- Cover: cover stock is $0.065 retail
the ink on the cover does not amount to much
Therefore the book cost is $1.65-$2.00 for renewables for a 240 page book.
We say it is a "Buck a Book" because many of our books are shorter (alice in wonderland, is 100 pages), and you can often get serious discounts or donations because of the mission.
How long does it take to print a book?
- B/W duplex laser (20 pages/min, 10-20 min/book)
- Binder: (about 3 minutes/book)
- Cutter: (about 2 minutes/book)
- Cover: (1-5 minutes/book>
SoftwareThe software that is loaded on the Bookmobile laptops (bookmobile02, bookmobile03, and bookmobile04) is as follows:
- LizardTech's Djvu Reader
- Night Kitchen's Tk3 Reader
- Motosat's Data Storm (versions 168 beta and 178 beta)
- Elecard's MPEG2 Video Player
- Open Office v. 1.0.1
- QuickTime v. 6
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